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Review Guardians of the Galaxy film review by Lone

Lone

Written By Lone on 2015-06-07 05:27:59

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie

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Want to see a movie which is terrific fun and has some of the coolest misfits around? If you answered yes, then Guardians of the Galaxy fits the bill! The Guardians may be a bunch of A-holes with issues, but as the story progresses they find the true meaning of friendship and family. Together they are given the chance to give a s**t, even if it means they could die in the process.

The story is filled with great characters brought to life by a perfect cast. Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill is so cool and funny. He dances and listen to 70’s and 80’s tracks on his old Sony Walkman. Lee Pace was brilliant as the main villain, Ronan The Accusor, who takes himself far too seriously and pouts and sulks his way through his scenes. Michael Rooker’s ambiguous Yondu Udonta, is one of the many stand out characters. He acts tough and cruel to maintain his leadership of the Ravagers, but underneath he has a real affection for Quill, despite his threats to kill him.

Bradley Cooper’s voicing of Rocket was just perfect, making him the scene-stealer. Vin Diesel gave Groot’s limited vocabulistics - “I am Groot”, take on meaning and depth, depending on how they were uttered. I absolutely adore Groot and Rocket, they are the heart and soul of this story. Their connection provides some of the films funniest moments, and others which are so touching, they have a real emotional impact. The scenes where Rocket cries and tells Groot “ No Groot, you can’t, you’ll die….why are you doing this, why?” and Groot replies “We are Groot”, and Rocket saying “I called him an idiot”, then sobbing for his friend, all brought tears to my eyes. They may be CGI, but they are two of the most endearing characters we have seen for years.

For those of us of a certain age, 1980’s references and knick-knacks abound. Peter Quills music system, and his Sony TPS-L2 Walkman, an Alf trading card, the Troll Doll, Ranger Rick. Quill’s ship is named after former pop singer and actress Alyssa Milano. Quill also makes reference to John Stamos from the sitcom Full House. If you’re a fan of 1970’s SF art, then you will love the Chris Foss designed spaceships, with their bright colours and awesome looks.

There are also numerous homages and tie-ins. Some of them being, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Parasite Slug from James Gunn’s own Slither, it can be seen in one of The Collector’s many glass cases. Another case houses a Dark Elf, and in another we see a Chitauri, the main antagonists of The Avengers. The leader of The Chitauri, The Other, is seen in alliance with Thanos, Ronan and Nebula. When The Collector gives the Guardians a history of the Infinity stones, The Tesseract, a.k.a. The Cosmic Cube [which was given to him by Sif and Volstagg at the end of Thor: The Dark World] is seen in the hologram and touched by Groot. Quill has “12%” of a plan. He and Rocket bicker over this, mirroring Pepper Potts and Tony Stark in Avengers when Stark offers her 12% of the credit for building Stark Tower. Does this signify a future movie teaming the Avengers and the Guardians?

Just like the name on Quills cassette tape, this movie has an Awesome Mix of characters, story, emotion, humour, nostalgia, and hardware. But most of all this is a movie with a real heart. Forget The Avengers, X-Men and all the rest, the Guardians of the Galaxy are Marvel's best!

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